Mandela Charity Official ‘Regrets’ Hoarding Uncut Blood Diamonds for 13 Years


Jeremy Ratcliffe has resigned as the head of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, in light of Naomi Campbell’s recent testimony that she had given him the “dirty stones” bequeathed to her by accused war criminal Charles Taylor over a dozen years ago, intending them to go to the charity. According to a statement from the fund, Ratcliffe “regrets his omission to inform the chairperson, CEO and the rest of the board of trustees of his receipt of the uncut diamonds until now,” when he has been busted. He has also apparently “stated that he acted in what he sincerely believed to be in the best interest of the NMCF and its founder.” [Bloomberg]